When I was first introduced to Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, I had my classical playlist playing in the background. As the wandering, darkly lyrical Ysaye’s Violin Ballade reached its explosive coda, Heathcliff fled Wuthering Heights in anguish; Heathcliff’s lamentations and the violin melody melted into each other like a movie climax–the moment before everything shatters. Ever since then, I can’t think of Ysaye’s Ballade without being reminded of Heathcliff and vice versa.
On the other hand, Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice reminds me of Felix Mendelssohn’s free-spirited, energetic, and whimsical “Violin Concerto in E Minor”. And Cameron from Libba Bray’s Going Bovine evokes the Sex Pistols’s “Anarchy in the UK” for his punk, anarchical attitude and the sheer randomness of his story. And one of my favorite characters, Charley from Flowers for Algernon reminds me of “Almost Lover” by A Fine Frenzy, a song so perfectly fitting for the ambiguous, tragic relationship between Charley and Alice.
So to answer the question:
“How does music relate to your writing?”
For me, music is writing and writing is music. I find it impossible to separate the two; they work together in synergetic passion to create masterpieces. The story of Titanic wouldn’t have been half as mesmerizing without James Horner’s hauntingly beautiful “Hymm to the Sea.” I walk through art galleries and feel every painting and sculpture overflowing with unspoken stories that my mind writes. And I can’t even imagine anyone would have the inspiration to dance without music.
All forms of art are connected.
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